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Chief Days: Ending off-the-books perks

June 20. 2018 10:22PM

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard is right to suspend the unofficial practice of handing out “Chief Days.”

The off-the-books days off went to officers for outstanding performance and to those who went all year without calling in sick.

Such incentives are a good idea. Keeping them secret was a mistake. Incentives need not be built into the city’s contract with police unions, but they should at least be public, and coordinated through the human resources department.

We don’t blame Willard any more than his predecessors for the long-standing practice. The MPD just does things the way they have always been done. Such inertia is why we recommended Manchester open its search for a new police chief to outside candidates.

Mayor Joyce Craig says she knew about “Chief Days” but won’t say whether she supported the practice. In fact, she’s cowering in City Hall, unwilling to take responsibility for, well, much of anything.

Craig refuses to comment on allegations of rape against two Manchester officers, which she knew about for at least two weeks without informing aldermen or the public.

Craig’s spokesman says she is “too busy” to answer questions about the police department.

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